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Douglas J. Suttles, President, British Petroleum Exploration (Alaska), Inc.

How to send your ideas about the oil spill to Doug Suttles

Many people have written us with their oil spill clean up ideas. Unfortunately, we can not get these ideas to Mr. Suttles. BP has set up a web site where people can submit ideas to BP for consideration. They are evaluating all the ideas submitted. Please send your ideas to their web site, Deepwater Horizons Response. Select the blue "Suggestions" Link in the right column.

Mr. Suttles is a 2008 recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni Distinguished Mechanical Engineer Award. Mr. Suttles' extensive expertise in the oil and gas industry, his community involvement, his continued support of the University of Texas and the Cockrell School of Engineering and his leadership as a mentor and role model to young engineers makes him an excellent addition to our Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Doug Suttles was named president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., taking over the company's top spot effective Jan. 1, 2007. He also joined the board of BP America and the BP America Operations Advisory Board. BP, based in London, is the top oil and natural gas producer in the United States and has 40 percent of its assets and workers in North America.

Mr. Suttles previously worked eight years for BP in Alaska in various engineering and leadership roles and has 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry. He has held a number of senior leadership posts in BP, including president of BP Sakhalin Inc., where he was responsible for BP's activities in Sakhalin, Russia, and its joint venture with Rosneft, a major Russian oil company. Mr. Suttles has held other senior leadership roles in BP, including vice president for Northern North Sea operations and president of BP's Trinidadian oil business. Mr. Suttles was with Exxon in Oklahoma and Texas, prior to joining BP.

Mr. Suttles volunteers his time and talents to community organizations. He serves on the boards of The Anchorage Museum Association, The Foraker Group and the Nature Conservancy. He is currently 1st Vice President and board member for The Alaska Oil and Gas Association. He supports charitable organizations such as the Texas4000, Anchorage's City-wide Clean-up, BP's United Way campaign, Polar Bear Plunge for cancer and BP's annual Teachers of Excellence awards.

Mr. Suttles is a regular donor to the Friends of Alec Fund and the Cockrell School of Engineering Excellence Fund. He serves as a member of the Dean's Engineering Advisory Board.

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1983